“Key Concepts in Chinese Thought and Culture (81 pieces)” is an important Book Project disseminated by Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. The setting of “Disseminating Key Concepts in Chinese Thoughts and Culture Project” aims to organize key concepts which can reflect the features of Chinese classical culture and the way of national thinking, and can perform Chinese core values, explain and translate objectively and accurately in concise language which is easy to exchange verbally. By this way, chinese voice and stories will be disseminated in international exchanges, that the condition and history of China will be known better by people in the world.
The specialists committee of the project consist of international well-known specialists and scholars. Senior adviser and Art Review Commission of America Arts Research Institute (AARI), Mr. Yu Wentao took part in the review for the final English version. With the authorization, AARI is going to publish the 81 pieces of Key Concepts in Chinese Thought and Culture here.
The term is used to describe efforts to teach people essential ideals and principles of ren wen (人文) and guide them to embrace goodness with the aim of building a harmonios – albeit hierarchical – social order, according to the level of development of a civilization and the specifics of the society. Ren wen refers to poetry, books, social norms, music, law, and other non-material components of civilization. Hua(化) means to edify the populace; cheng(成) refers to the establishment or prosperity of rule by civil means (as opposed to force). The concept emphasizes rule by civil means, and is another expression of the Chinese concept of “civilization”.
Observing the movements of the sun, moon, and stars helps us learn about the change of seasons; studying the development of poetry, books, social norms, and music enables us to edify the populace so that the rule by civil means can prosper. (The Book of Changes)